Top 5 reasons to purchase the Phantom 4 Pro Plus!
Late last year DJI refreshed their Phantom offerings with the Phantom 4 Pro and Phantom 4 Pro+ models. We’re a little overwhelmed with all the Ps floating around but there is one very simple difference between the P4P and P4P+. I decided to publish my top 5 reasons to purchase the Phantom 4 Pro Plus over the Phantom 4 Pro.
Before I get into the Phantom 4 Pro Plus and it’s sibling here’s an update you on the DJI Phantom range. In early 2017, DJI detailed in an email to dealers that older Phantom models will no longer be in production. The Phantom 3 and Phantom 4 are currently still for sale but treat these models as run-outs seeing they are discontinued and soon to be extinct.
So, to simplify the #1 question I hear about DJI’s newly released Phantom 4 Pro models:
What’s the difference between the Phantom 4 Pro and Phantom 4 Pro Plus?
Simply put, the difference is this:
The Phantom 4 Pro Plus comes with an integrated 5.5″ 1920x1080p touch-screen.
Admittedly, there are two differences between the Phantom 4 Pro and Phantom 4 Pro+: the integrated screen and an extra $300USD. But as you’ll see below the extra money actually represents pretty good value.
Everything else (specs, ability, battery, etc) is exactly the same between the two models.
So, here are 5 reasons that make the integrated touch-screen a worth-while investment:
1. Death by smartphone battery
We all know that feeling, you’re out and about, occasionally (or frequently) using your phone. You might have been at work, visiting family or streaming your favourite Taylor Swift numbers. You go to do something important (such as flying your Phantom) and 💥 boom 💥 your not-so-smartphone vanishes from 12% to single digits into a dark void of nothing… yes, ZERO PERCENT. If you plan the night before to go out flying, you need not worry about the battery levels of a third-party device that you rely on regularly throughout the day, simply charge your drone batteries.
The P4P+ removes the dreaded dead phone/tablet battery issue and contributes greatly to stopping your Phantom crashing into the ocean, leading us to #2:
2. Standalone screen remotes the need to rely on your mobile device
The no juice in your phone/tablet issue aside, all of us have important things to do on our mobile device. Maybe you want to keep your mobile device mobile and not tether it to a remote control. Or you might not own a mobile device to being with? You might still use an old school brick.. no judgements, promise.
All I know is there is an option available so you don’t need a mobile device to enjoy the benefits of unmanned autonomous flight. The integrated screen is full HD, a pretty decent size (5.5 inches), runs using Android, 4 GB of RAM and 16 GB of memory. All of this for not much more $$$, yes please!
3. A very bright display
We all know that feeling. You wander outside with that previously mentioned smart device, you (or it) automatically crank up the brightness to 100% and wait…. what? You’re left more deflated than a balloon in a bag full of syringes.
Its a common issue we’ve all experienced: phone and tablet screens just aren’t that good or bright in direct sunlight.
The Phantom 4 Pro Plus integrated screen is so bright we believe it to be luxurious Get it? Lux is a light term…. bah, nevermind.
4. Reduced video lag / latency
Video lag in the world of drones is basically the time difference between the camera on your Phantom 4 Pro capturing images, that data being streamed back to your location, and you seeing it on the screen during flight. A lot of factors can affect how much or little video lag you experience in general terms, but video lag for the Phantom 4 Pro in this instance has to do with the integrated screen compared to an attached third party phone or tablet.
When it comes to contributing factors of difference in lag, I’m putting it down to additional cables linking your device and the remote. A third-party device is almost always juggling multiple tasks at once (such as your phone’s ability to still receive data/calls/texts). So a dedicated screen hard wired to your remote reduces that lag.
DJI states the following latency:
Phantom 4 Pro: 220 ms (No integrated screen)
Phantom 4 Pro +：160 – 180 ms (Integrated screen)
This brings us to #5: No cables.
5. No cables
This is a pretty simple thing to understand, yeah? You might even ask why 1 extra cable is an issue? Well, when you’re as obsessed as drones as me you want to waste as little time as possible setting up your Phantom 4 Pro for a flight. Also, I’m notoriously bad at losing cables and that would mean no flying until I found another one.
Seriously though, cables fail. They break. They can be pretty unreliable especially when small and squished into small spaces in and around your hands/remote controller.
There you have it. My top 5 reasons why you should consider the Phantom 4 Pro Plus over the Phantom 4 Pro. Either way, your decision to purchase a Phantom 4 Pro with or without the integrated screen is a fantastic choice and I hope you thoroughly enjoy flying this amazing piece of technology.
If you have more reasons for or against the integrated remote, please comment below!
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